Bellsouth vs. Donnelley
Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony
Copyright CodeóA Linked Index
Feist Publications vs.
versus Southern Building Code Congress International Inc.,
International v. Meredith Corporation
Trade-Mark Cases, 100
U.S. 82 (1879)
Constitution, Article 1, Section 8
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Anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright holder... is an infringer of the copyright or right of the owner. - USC Title 17 Chapter 5 Sec. 501
Infringement of copyright
occurs when any of the
exclusive rights of the
copyright holder is
exploited by someone else,
beyond what is allowed under
the principles of
To establish a claim of copyright infringement in court, the party claiming that their copyright has been infringed must prove:
- Ownership of a valid copyright. This requires that the work being infringed be registered with the copyright office.
- Copying of constituent elements of the work that are original.
The costs of litigation and attorney fees usually limit the
likelihood of action against infringers who occasionally use small amounts of an individualís or small businessís copyrighted material.
However, such costs may not impede infringement suits for copyright owners with deeper pockets. A December 31, 2001 Associated Press article
detailed the experience of the owner of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan website, who removed her material after 20th Century Fox corporate lawyers complained about copyright violation.
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